- Mar 5, 2011
It's too late now, but I'm asking for next time. We had a beautiful one year old americana rooster. Last week he started chasing off one of his seven hens, and wouldn't let her anywhere near the flock. I watched this for about a week, and hoped it would get better. Two mornings ago I went out and my hen's head was ripped open on top, a very deep wound, and nasty looking. Since the rooster had been the one chasing her off, I assumed it was him that did the damage. I removed her from the flock, and kept her inside a day or two. Tonight we killed the rooster, and I reintroduced her to the flock. They seemed to chase her some and didn't want her near them. Is this just establishing a new pecking order, or did they do the damage in the first place? Maybe I killed a rooster that didn't even do anything! Could the rooster have been rehabilitated? I wasn't sure I could trust him after I thought he did that. When would be the next time he didn't like a hen and ripped into her?